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On May 30, 2023, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released an updated version of the Requirements and Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools and Child Care.

Key points and changes to the school & childcare guidance are summarized below:
• Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home and isolate for 5 days. Repeating initial tests
does not change this requirement
. See the What to do if a person is symptomatic flowchart for more
• Students or staff returning from 5 days of isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. Students and staff are also encouraged to test before returning to school.
• If students or staff continue to test positive for COVID-19 after day 5, they must isolate and test once every 24-48 hours until they test negative or they complete a 10-day isolation period.
• Schools are no longer required to directly notify high risk students and staff of exposure, but must continue to have a process in place to inform students, staff, and families when there are cases or outbreaks in school.
• The “test to stay” program is no longer a part of the recommendation section; however, testing protocols
remain an important tool to ensure safe in-person learning.
• Schools are required to respond to outbreaks. All suspected outbreaks (3 or more cases within a specified core group) must be reported to your local health jurisdiction.